Paddock magazine December 2014 / January 2015 Issue 70 - Page 65

SEASON REVIEW Nico Hulkenberg POINTS 96 POSITION IN THE DRIVERS‘ CHAMPIONSHIP 9 WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLES 0 RETIREMENTS 3 Sergio Perez POINTS 59 POSITION IN THE DRIVERS‘ CHAMPIONSHIP 10 WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLES 0 RETIREMENTS 2 es in the first ten races of the 2014 season. At one point Hulkenberg seemed more likely to be found at P6 than fellow German and quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. It was Sergio Perez, however, that managed to secure Force India’s best finish for the season (P3). The Mexican came back strong after a miserable season with McLaren, but once again failed to beat his teammate. Hulkenberg’s good performance in 2014 will amount to nothing, however, as he was once again locked out of the musical chair movements 070 / December 2014 among the frontrunners. As soon as Fernando Alonso set his sights on moving to McLaren, Vettel jumped towards the Spaniard’s seat at Ferrari, and Hulkenberg never had a shot at either position for which he has been frequently considered in the media. Then again, Hulkenberg will face the challenges of the 2015 season with a strong Mercedes power unit, while Vettel and Alonso will be left to contend with a Ferrari and a Honda, whose performance is up in the air. 65